How to Unclog a Sink

A clogged bathroom sink can be one of the most frustrating problems you can have around the house. You use your bathroom sink every day and when water stagnates, it’s unsightly and you sacrifice dental care by limiting the time you spend brushing your teeth.

It’s a common problem but interestingly, not many people know that they can fix it (or Kaodim it, as we like to say) themselves through a couple of simple methods, without actually hiring a plumber.

Harun, of Bisma Construction, an experienced general contractor whose expertise ranges from managing large scale renovation jobs to plumbing services, offers some simple DIY advice on how you might be able to repair your clogged sink without engaging a contractor. “Actually, a lot of home problems are quite easy to fix. You can do it yourself and it only takes a few seconds or minutes.” says Harun.

So here’s Harun’s advice on basic first steps to fix your clogged sink with a plunger.

Use your plunger correctly

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  1. First, fill up the sink half full with hot water
  1. Place your plunger over the drain opening. Make sure it completely covers the opening. Get a proper tight seal on the opening, make sure you feel that suction.
  1. Keep the plunger vertical. If you tilt at an angle you won’t get proper force. Push and pull hard in an up and down method several times.
  1. Release and repeat until water starts to drain.

If Harun’s simple plunger tip doesn’t work, perhaps you can try this method.

Pour down a fizzy concoction of baking soda and vinegar

baking soda and vinegar

It’s common knowledge that the combination of baking soda and vinegar creates a powerful cleaner.  Do exercise caution when you mix the two together as it forms a strong chemical reaction. Perhaps you can start with smaller amounts. This is how you use that combination to clear a clogged sink.

  1. Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately.
  1. Pour it immediately down the drain opening.
  1. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can.
  1. Flush with hot water.

Try any one of these methods to repair your clogged sink before you decide to hire a plumber. It could save you time and money.

“There are other methods to repair your clogged sink like using a snake tool (hang auger) which is messier, but also effective,” says Harun.

If getting down and dirty is too much for you, and you’re not willing to get the necessary tools, or build a makeshift hang auger with an old wire hanger, then there are hundreds of reliable plumbers like Harun you can call to help repair your clogged sink.

Or, you can just put in your job request on Kaodim and let us handle it for you.